It is announced that Amazon is developing the Kindle Format 8 (KF8) update for ebooks. The main upgrade is the support of HTML5 in the new format.
That HTML5 support will bring a lot of advantages that will make ebooks utilizing the new KF8 format more interactive and exciting. Particularly, fixed layouts, CSS3, drop cap, embedded fonts, floating elements, text on background images, lists and a bunch more will be supported by HTML5.
KF8 will replace Mobi 7 and will be the format showcased on the Kindle Fire handset. The big advantages of this new format won’t be the normal ebooks. The ebooks that benefit most will be children’s books and graphic novels that need lots of color and benefit from more interactivity. The update also includes over 150 new formatting capabilities to the ebook bag of tricks.
There are a lot of improvements to the Kindle Publisher tools that will allow the publisher to create Kindle books to take advantage of the new formatting supported in KF8. Amazon will be launching a Kindle Previewer 2 soon to allow the publisher to preview how books will look utilizing the new format. In addition, the Kindle Fire will be the initial handset to support the new format and in next months support will be launched to existing apps and handsets.